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Volkswagen Polo BlueGT
The new Volkswagen Polo BlueGT uses ACT cylinder deactivation to achieve 61.4 mpg with emissions of just 107 g/km of CO2.
It also has a top speed of 130 mph and a zero to 62 mph time of just 7.9 seconds.
The Polo BlueGT features a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine producing 140 PS and 250 Nm (185 lbs ft) of torque. It’s available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission – the fuel economy is the same with both options.
The new EA211 engine is at the heart of the Polo BlueGT, and is responsible in large part for its combination of high performance and low fuel economy. Under light and medium loads, the second and third cylinders are automatically shut down, producing fuel savings of up to 0.4 litres per 100 km in the EU driving cycle. At a constant 50 kmh (30 mph) the savings can be as much as one litre per 100 km, and even at 70 kmh (44 mph) in fifth gear, around 0.7 litres per 100 km can be saved.
Cylinder deactivation occurs at engine speeds of between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs of 25 to 100 Nm (18 to 74 lbs ft). If the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the two cylinders are imperceptibly reactivated. All mechanical switchovers occur within 13 to 36 milliseconds, depending on engine speed. The multifunction display in the instrument binnacle lets the driver know when cylinders are deactivated.
The Polo BlueGT is distinguished inside and out by various styling cues. On the outside, there are multi-spoke 17-inch alloys and GT badges front and rear, while the suspension is lowered by around 15 mm. Added to this are some features borrowed from the Polo GTI - the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, plus front bumper with LED daytime running lights - and some from the Polo BlueMotion (side sills and front windscreen rain channels).
The new Polo BlueGT costs from £17,400 and orders are now open, with deliveries expected in mid-December.
- Paul Clarke